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Thai politicians predict “meaningless” polls

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Sidelined political parties say promised elections in 2018 will only further entrench military power Peter Janssen Asia Times Three years after the May 2014 coup that brought General Prayuth Chan-ocha and his military clique to power, Western democracies are impatiently awaiting Thailand’s next general election, as promised by the junta under their declared… But with the promulgation of a constitution that severely curtails the… Thai politicians predict… Read More »

Get autistic students out of mainstream classrooms: Pauline Hanson

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Pauline Hanson has called for disabled students to be removed from mainstream classrooms and attacked teachers as “do-gooders” in a bizarre speech lamenting the state of Australia’s education… Luke Henriques Gomes  The New Daily It comes as the Turnbull government appears to have won enough Senate support to pass its controversial Gonski 2.0 schools funding… In offering her support to the government, Senator Hanson expressed concern that teachers were struggling to deal with disabled students in mainstream… Get autistic students… Read More »

‘We’re not immune’: The Project’s host Waleed Aly warns Australian Muslims could be killed by terrorists and claims far-right extremists are like Islamists after London mosque attack

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The Project’s Waleed Aly asked about an Australian anti-Muslim terror attack The Muslim TV presenter likened London mosque attack to Islamist terrorism Conservative Jewish activist Avi Yemini said it was wrong to compare the two Muslim Labor MP Anne Aly said attacks on Muslims shouldn’t be called ‘revenge’ The Project‘s Waleed Aly has suggested far-right extremists could soon kill Muslims in… Stephen Johnson For Daily Mail Australia In his daily editorial, the… ‘We’re not immune’.. Read More »

Cyprus: A call for a new strategy

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International Hellenic Association 815 Naudain Avenue, Claymont, Delaware 19703,    U.S.A www.Professors-PhDs.com – mail: IHAHellas@gmail.com 21 June 2017 The ‘Conference on Cyprus’ in Switzerland on 28 June 2017: A call for a new strategy in support & in defence of The Republic of Cyprus Mr Antonio Guterres, Secretary-General of the United Nations Mr Jean-Claude Juncker, President of the European Commission Mr Nicos Anastasiades, President of the Republic of Cyprus Mr Nikos Kotzias, Foreign Minister of the Republic of Greece Mr Rex ... Read More »

Government can support public interest journalism in Australia – here’s how

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Independent journalism’s importance to healthy democracies is undisputed. Johan Lidberg The Conversation In a time of rising autocratic tendencies around the world, this independent check on power is more needed than ever. This is well illustrated by US President Donald Trump’s disrespect for the balance-of-power doctrine in general and for the US judiciary in… Government can support… Read More »

U.S. Distaste For Turkish Leader Erdogan May Have Reached ‘Tipping Point’

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“If Erdogan is investing in the Trump administration, I can say that he will be disappointed,” Turkish opposition leader Hişyar Özsoy said. Akbar Shahid Ahmed HuffPost WASHINGTON ― Rising American criticism of Turkish leader Recep Tayyip Erdogan has spurred hopes that the U.S. will take a tougher line against his repression, according to a top opposition Turkish… “They can do more,” Hişyar Özsoy, a parliamentarian associated with Turkey’s pro… U.S. Distaste For… Read More »

Power without the People: Averting Venezuela’s Breakdown

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Violence is escalating in Venezuela, killing 70 people in over two months of ever-angrier popular protests against a government that is abandoning representative democracy. ICG Regional states should avert a humanitarian catastrophe by pressuring the Maduro regime to withdraw plans to elect a phony constituent assembly on 30 July. I. Overview Venezuela is in turmoil after more than two months of almost daily mass… Power without the… Read More »

Judge defends independence of courts in wake of Dutton comments

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Justice John Logan, who has overturned a deportation order by the minister, says ‘political rhetoric’ must be resisted by the… Ben Doherty The Guardian The acting president of the Administrative Appeals Tribunal has overturned a deportation order by Peter Dutton for the second time, saying independent courts would not be swayed by political… In a decision on the case of Indian national Jagdeep Singh on Friday, Justice John Logan defended the independence of the AAT, whose decisions have been publicly ... Read More »

Mixed media: how Australia’s newspapers became locked in a war of left versus right

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We are living through a period of fragmentation and polarisation in public discourse on a scale mankind has not before experienced. Denis Muller The Conversation By far the greatest fragmenting and polarising force is social media. An increasing proportion of the population, especially those under 40, get their news from social media, overwhelmingly from Face… The algorithms that tailor what Facebook prioritises for… Mixed media: how… Read More »

Facebook and Twitter are being used to manipulate public opinion – report

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Nine-country study finds widespread use of social media for promoting lies, misinformation and propaganda by governments and individuals Alex Hern The Guardian Propaganda on social media is being used to manipulate public opinion around the world, a new set of studies from the University of Oxford has… From Russia, where around 45% of highly active Twitter accounts are bots, to Taiwan, where a campaign against President Tsai Ing-wen involved thousands of… Facebook and Twitter… Read More »

Japan PM Abe’s support slumps amid doubts about school scan

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Support for Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe slumped more than 10 points to 44.9 percent in a public opinion poll published on June 18, amid opposition party suspicions he used his influence unfairly to help a friend set up a… Reuters Hurriyet Abe has repeatedly denied abusing his authority to benefit his friend. His grip on power is not in danger, given his ruling coalition’s huge majority in parliament, but the affair looks unlikely to… The education ministry… Japan PM ... Read More »

Georgia special election hurtles toward nail-biting finish

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Polls in the most expensive House race in history suggest it’s too close to call. Steven Shepard Politico As the most expensive House race in history rushes toward the finish line Tuesday, the latest public polls are unanimous: The Georgia special election between Democrat Jon Ossoff and Republican Karen Handel is too close to call. The race for the suburban Atlanta seat, closely watched for clues about the shape of the 2018 midterm elections, appears to be within a… Georgia ... Read More »

The Search for Security via Answers to Questions on Law, Criminal Justice and Impunity

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A working paper published in connection with the ‘Conference on Cyprus’ in Geneva on 28 June 2017  Klearchos A. Kyriakides Published by Agora Dialogue on 17 June 2017 This working paper addresses issues which are of enormous importance to every citizen of the Republic of Cyprus and of the European Union of which it forms part. In the interests of security, the working paper goes further by raising a substantial number of questions relating to law, criminal justice and impunity. These questions ... Read More »

Should you get a vote if you don’t understand politics? Academics offer democracy rethink

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Democracy has always been a messy form of government and is often unpredictable. RN By Antony Funnell for Future Tense ABC Both qualities can be a strength, but as we know from recent international experience, they can also be a liability. The election of Donald Trump, for instance, produced a result at odds with the wishes of the majority of voters. Elsewhere in the world, in democracies like Turkey, Hungary, Poland and the… Should you get… Read More »

Ministers to be hauled before Supreme Court after criticising terror sentencing

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Three senior Turnbull government ministers will be hauled before the Supreme Court of Victoria to explain why they should not be charged with contempt after accusing the… Josh Gordon Benjamin Preiss The Age In an explosive development, the Supreme Court has ordered Health Minister Greg Hunt, Assistant Treasurer Michael Sukkar and Human Services Minister Alan Tudge to appear on Friday “to… A letter from Judicial Registrar Ian Irving obtained by Fairfax Media says… Ministers to be… Read More »

Turkey Hires More U.S. Lobbying Firms as its Reputation is Further Tarnished

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As Turkey becomes the target of worldwide condemnation for its human rights violations, the Turkish government decides to spend a fortune on lobbying and public relations firms to try to cleanse its… Harut Sassounian The Armenian Weekly On the heels of the April 16 flawed referendum which Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan barely won to give himself a wide-ranging dictatorial powers, and his bodyguards’ brutal attack in front of the Turkish Embassy in Washington D.C., on… Turkey Hires More… Read More »